The Baseball Gods likes my picks. Yesterday's win on Oakland was no walk in the park, Clayton Kershaw was pitching like a demon, but somehow Travis Blackley, a pitcher claimed off waivers, answered the bell. The A's game was stronger and when the dust cleared Yoenis Cespedes 3 run home run off reliever Josh Lindblom for the daggers. 3 game sweep of reeling Dodgers 2-12 in inter league against Oakland.
Los Angeles Dodgers at Los Angeles Angels
Back to the Freeway series in SoCal and it's going to be perfect baseball condition tonight. There's going to be some cloud coverage with very little wind with humidity and game time will be pleasant mid 60's degree range. It should be a packed night at Anaheim on a Friday night, schools just got out for summer, and there will be Dodgers fan in big number. It's feeling like summer now and like the games from the past dramas will unfold with new faces and new names, but the game will remain the same.
The Dodgers are on a slump. This skid come on LA alternating wins and losses until they failed to grind out anything in Oakland. Their road trip has been tough so far and it will not get any easier with surging Angels, who are shadowing the division leading Rangers, hosting tonight's game. Dan Haren going to the hill for the Angels is one of the original big three, (Weaver, Wilson and Haren) expected to perform in dominant fashion taking the Halos to the promised land. Haren is not quite there yet and lagging behind his peers. Matter of fact the Angels with Haren is 4-10 bleeding red and 1-7 at home hardly a member of the big three. He has yet to pitch a quality game in June. The Dodgers will counter will Chad Billingsley who is coming off a loss to the White Sox at home, but he has been much better on the road in June giving up 1 run in each of two road starts. Dodgers made costly mistakes in yesterday's loss which should reflect better defense for this series. Billingsley also in spot to improve. Looking for Haren's home woes to continue and the Dodgers to steal one from their cross town rivals.
LOS ANGELES DODGERS +156(L)
Haren was not good and Dodgers staked with an 5 run lead give it all back!